In this volume, nine renowned experts delineate their theoretical or methodological approach of Aikidô in potentiating constructive handling of social conflicts. The authors depict the contribution of the Japanese self-defensive art Aikidô to the theory and practice of conflict transformation. The concept of Elicitive Conflict Transformation (Lederach, Dietrich) necessarily calls for a revised understanding of applied peace work and a new personal profile of the conflict worker. This is the point where Aikidô and conflict/peace work meet.
Aikido’s focus is on the practices that do not hurt people or take their lives, which makes it different from other aggressive martial art forms. Skills and actions which a person trained in the art of Aikido are mainly created to deflect opponent’s concentration and disable it. Many people favor this martial art because of its peaceful and harmonious ways unlike aggression and conflict found in other disciplines. The man that introduced and developed this art was called Morehei Ueshiba. He thought that the art of harmony was to direct the anger and make it result in no harm. What also separates Aikido from other martial arts is the fact that Aikido exploit the hands as a weapon and the followers of Aikido don’t use weapons.
Aikido is usually practiced in a Dojo, where learners of this discipline can learn in relation with variations that come from time to time. This is a part of the style that all Aikido followers are trying to attain. Aikido’s first purpose is to practice and learn through about good values as well as mysticism. Although it may seem odd, Aikido is the way to have a peaceful mind.
This book is mainly centered on Aikido in general, so that everyone has a very clear idea what Aikido is, and how it will benefit you and your lifestyle.
From the Publisher: “Is there a way to heal the modern heart and mind, a path that leads to interconnection, shared values, and the integration of the person? Can we learn to act as harmonious body-minds, seeking to create a better social and natural environment? This book charts a pathway through such difficulties. Professor David Shaner describes how to remain centered and focused; he edges the reader closer and closer to a life of joy, fulfillment, growth and social contribution. This is an important book for our times, for it seeks to help you connect with something larger than yourself.”
Subtitled “Seven Arts to Positively Transform Your Life”, this is not an Aikido book, but the author, a longtime direct student of Koichi Tohei, speaks to life fulfillment from a perspective full of aiki philosophy and principles.
In Tenchi (Heaven and Earth in Japanese) the author convincingly argues that the connection between mind and body is part of mankind’s natural heritage of power. The book consists of a series of essays that makes use of historical and contemporary material to show how that power has always been available as a free and natural resource.
The author draws on his own personal experience in both Zen and Aikido training over three decades to suggest that disempowerment is a matter of choice rather than fate. The book discusses what that power is, where it comes from and how to cultivate and use it responsibly.These essays will entertain and inform , while respectfully nudging the reader away from the entanglements inherent in the pursuit of the exotic and esoteric.
Tenchi argues that mankind is not an isolated creature, but part of a massive energy exchange system that we ignore at our peril. The author presents a view of man as an agent of power with the innate capacity to realise that power and the responsibility that comes with it.These essays challenge the reader to explore the legacy of power left to us by our forefathers.
Man stands in the centre between heaven and earth. This position endows us with a unique opportunity to draw power from nature, and to develop a natural store of energy, wisdom and compassion that can transform our relationships with each other and our environment. Tenchi is not a ‘how to’ book, but it does provide some simple mind body exercises that the reader can try out for themselves.
Tenchi points the way to a more expansive view of mankind through the practice of mind body training, and reminds us that the power that nature has bequeathed us is the only infinitely renewable resource that we have.
Jikishin Dojo Budo Kenshu – Study of the Martial Way is a unique account of the purpose, method and content of Budo study at Jikishin Dojo Auckland, New Zealand. It offers a very personal and open insight into the ideas, questions, and ever-changing thought processes that underpin practice at Jikishin Dojo, based on and partially combining the author’s research in Zen, Shiatsu, physiotherapy, Western philosophy, Aikido and many other martial arts. This research has inspired an ongoing review of Budo study, from its very fundaments to its diverse technical expressions. Consequently, Jikishin Dojo Budo Kenshu offers a renewed and fresh perspective on a wide array of topics pertinent to Aikido and Budo practice, including: – The conditioning of mind and body – The place of forms, techniques and gradings – The methods and concepts of teaching – The concept of Do, the Way – The workings of a dojo, and – the ethics of the Budo.
Not strictly Aikido, but outgrown from the Author’s personal Aikido training.
The name of this book means “Bow to One Another” in Japanese. This site will provide the thoughts, feelings and experiences of an Aikido student. The Author is an Aikido Student of the Southern Maryland Aikido Center, a dojo in the United States Aikido Federation. He regularly submits Aikido Articles to the Southern Maryland Aikido Center Website and the United States Aikido Federation Newsletter (online). As you read these articles, you will find thoughts that point to an Aikido philosophy but you will also find that many of these thoughts contain a practical approach to a better life.
From the Author: A thousand hours on the training mat, a hundred thousand falls. Rolling, weaving, the feeling of your center shifting underneath you…I wouldn’t give it away for any amount of money.
Even so, I did.
I never wanted this to happen. When the two businessmen came and asked me to put my aikido skills in a little black box for people to download, I thought it would help my art. Instead, my art is dying. Now I have to fight for the art of peace to save the art of peace.
After receiving such a favorable response to his book How To Defend Yourself Without Even Trying, Dr. Chitwood thought his readers would like another book written in a similar vein. People who enjoyed How to Defend Yourself Without Even Trying should like Meeting Force With Silence as well. Meeting Force With Silence discusses non-violent self-defense principles, aikido, and spiritual philosophy. Real-life personal experiences show the applications of these principles.
Topics include Karate Comedy, Party Kicks, Symbols of Power, Friendly Toughs, The Broken Arm, Everyone Needs Love, Dreams, Miracles, Non-Interference, and Humility.
Book 1 in a 5-part series, this book takes the reader through the foundational concepts of Seidokan Aikido. The Principles to Unify Mind and Body and the Principles of Aikido are defined and examples given for both physical practice and use in daily life. Aikitaiso are described with useful tests to teach Balance and Stability. This booklet is very useful for beginners through advanced Aikido practitioners as a way to expand their practice through Ki Development.
Book 3 of the Ki Development Series is a seminar guide that can also be used as a handout for an Aikitaiso seminar. Attention is given to both how and why to do the Aikitaiso. Purpose, cause and effect of these movements are stressed for application of Aikido techniques.